U.S. remains the world’s top oil and gas producer

U.S. remains the world’s top oil and gas producer

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. remained the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2017, reaching a record high. The United States has been the world’s top producer of natural gas since 2009, when U.S. natural gas production surpassed that of Russia, and the world’s top producer of petroleum … Continue reading U.S. remains the world’s top oil and gas producer

Natural gas execs see ‘century of supply’ in U.S. shale

Natural gas execs see ‘century of supply’ in U.S. shale

Reuters recently reported that natural gas production from U.S. shale fields can keep growing for decades, giving Washington a powerful diplomatic tool to counter the geopolitical influence of other global energy producers. The article quotes industry executives speaking at the triennial World Gas Conference in Washington. “We see a century of natural gas supply in U.S. shale. … Continue reading Natural gas execs see ‘century of supply’ in U.S. shale

Improved energy infrastructure critical to Pennsylvania economy

Improved energy infrastructure critical to Pennsylvania economy

The Allentown Morning Call published a guest column last month highlighting the importance of improving and expanding the critical infrastructure that powers America. Titled, “Improving energy infrastructure key to nation’s security, economy” author David Spigelmyer writes about the importance of energy infrastructure, noting that in the wake of the shale revolution it’s never been more important to heed that call … Continue reading Improved energy infrastructure critical to Pennsylvania economy

EPA: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions drop again, thanks to natural gas

EPA: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions drop again, thanks to natural gas

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.5 percent in 2016 from 2015 levels and 12 percent from 2005 levels, according to EPA’s most recent edition of the “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks.” The 2016 decline was largely a result of substitution from coal to natural gas consumption in the electric power sector and … Continue reading EPA: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions drop again, thanks to natural gas

Chronicle: Natural gas pipelines key to U.S. energy policy

Chronicle: Natural gas pipelines key to U.S. energy policy

A recent opinion piece in the Houston Chronicle makes the point that to maintain a first-world standard of living, a nation needs abundant, affordable and reliable sources of energy. Natural gas checks all boxes. The piece titled “Natural gas pipelines key to U.S. energy policy,” points out that activists who oppose natural gas pipelines because … Continue reading Chronicle: Natural gas pipelines key to U.S. energy policy

Power sector emissions fall to lowest level in 30 years, thanks to natural gas

Power sector emissions fall to lowest level in 30 years, thanks to natural gas

Thanks to the increased use of natural gas, carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. power sector were at their lowest in 30 years, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration monthly report. The federal agency reported total fossil fuel consumption in the national power sector was at its lowest level since 1994. The report reads: … Continue reading Power sector emissions fall to lowest level in 30 years, thanks to natural gas

U.S. saw record natural gas production in 2017

U.S. saw record natural gas production in 2017

U.S. natural gas production reached record levels last year, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released report. Gross withdrawals reached 90.9 billion cubic feet per day in 2017, the agency’s highest volume on record. Marketed natural gas production also reached record levels. The Appalachian region, which includes the Marcellus and Utica shale fields … Continue reading U.S. saw record natural gas production in 2017

Power generation emissions fall to lowest level since 1988, thanks to natural gas

Power generation emissions fall to lowest level since 1988, thanks to natural gas

According to Carnegie Mellon University’s Power Sector Carbon Index (PSCI)— a quarterly report that tracks carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and intensity from the U.S. power sector — U.S. electricity generation CO2 emissions have fallen to their lowest levels since 1988. Natural gas’ share of the total electricity generation mix has increased 67 percent since 2005. The increased utilization … Continue reading Power generation emissions fall to lowest level since 1988, thanks to natural gas

Pennsylvania sits on nearly 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

Pennsylvania sits on nearly 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

According to a report released by the Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania had 62.7 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in 2016. The only state with more natural gas was Texas, which had at least 88.3 trillion cubic feet. Pennsylvania had the largest net increase in natural gas proved reserves of all states in 2016, adding 6.1 … Continue reading Pennsylvania sits on nearly 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas